Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
(1) Some will say to me, “What shall we say, then? Should we continue to sin so that God’s grace will increase?” (2) Absolutely not! We have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it any longer? (3) Or don’t you know that all of us who were water-baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore, we were buried with him through water baptism into death so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the Father’s majestic glory, we too should live a new life (in the newness of life). (5) For as we have been united (reconciled) with Jesus in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. (6) For we know that our old self (sinful nature, flesh) was crucified on the cross with him so that the body controlled (dominated) by sin will be done away with (rendered powerless), so that we will no longer live in bondage as slaves to sin—(7) because anyone who has died has been set free from a life of sin.
(8) Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (9) For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he can never die again, because death no longer has control (dominion) over him. (10) For the death Jesus died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
(11) In the same way, we must also consider ourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Jesus Christ.
Live for Righteousness
(12) Therefore, do not allow sin to control your perishable (mortal) body so that you obey its evil passions.
(13) Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of unrighteousness, but instead present yourselves to God as those who have been raised from death to life; and present every part of yourself to God as an instrument of righteousness.
(14) For sin will no longer have dominion over you, because you are no longer under the law of Moses, but under God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
Slaves to Righteousness
(15) Some will say to me, “What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law of Moses, but under God’s grace?” Absolutely not! (16) Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
(17) But thanks be to God! For though you were once slaves to sin, you now have come to obey from your heart the standard (pattern) of teaching to which you have given your allegiance (devotion, obedience). (18) For you have been set free from a life of sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
(19) I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to a life of impurity and to ever-increasing unrighteousness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness that leads to a life of holiness. (20) When you were slaves to a life of sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.
(21) Tell me, what good came from your previous way of life, of which you are now ashamed (embarrassed)? Those things result in death! (22) But now that you have been set free from a life of sin and have become God’s slaves, the benefit you harvest leads to a life of holiness and results in eternal life.
(23) For the wages (cost) of a life of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.